Another year another election, well this year I am of age to vote for a presidential election! I am extremely excited. While all my friends were excited to be 18 so they could go to bars and hit up clubs and finally buy cigarettes themselves, I was ecstatic because I could finally have a voice in my country. However, my old pet peeve was my age groups’ lack of voting and now after observing my friends and their knowledge of what goes on in our country I’m not so sure.
In 2004 P-Diddy (a.ka. Puff Daddy, P. Combs, or Puffy) sponsored the “Vote or Die” campaign, a huge organized MTV movement to get the “young people” to vote. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2000 (before “Vote or Die”) 70% of U.S. citizens reportedly registered to vote, among them 86% voted. Next election, 2004 (after “Vote or Die”) out of 197 million U.S. citizens only 72% (142 million) registered to vote and among those registered, 89% (126 million) said they voted. That’s 55 million citizens that didn’t even register, and 16 million that registered but didn’t vote (does that mean 16 million died, P.Diddy?)
After the “Vote or Die” campaign voting registration only went up 4% and actual voting only 2%.The sad truth about my generation is they are almost completely apathetic about voting or anything to do with helping our country. They don’t care about moral character, they don’t care about aborting innocent children, they don’t even care about issues that will affect them, if not now, eventually. Whether it’s ignorant promiscuous girls thinking condoms are the answer to all their problems or guys who thinks it’s okay to call girls “sluts” and “Ho’s”, my generation isn’t the most qualified to pick the leader of our country. I had one friend of mine ask me why Hillary Clinton was on the news so much lately (Thinking she was involved in some scandal, which made me laugh) and another asked me what “Pro-choice” meant.
I am not making fun of them, I’m just explaining to the adults that my generation is more worried about who their next boyfriend or girlfriend will be, what’s going on Thursday nights, or what kind of birth control their going to be on next to care to inform themselves properly about the wonderful country we live in and it’s democracy.Yet, I won’t give up. I don’t want someone voting if they have no idea what’s going on.
As a result, instead of dogging people for not voting the way I used to, I find informing my friends about the candidates and their platforms is a bit more useful. If some of them only knew what some people went through to vote and bring democracy to a country, maybe they would put down the iPod’s and cosmopolitan magazines and read up on the people that could eventually run their country.